Social Robots With AI: Prospects, Risks, and Responsible Methods

The novel capacities of multimodal generative AI suddenly bring us much closer to realizing the longstanding vision of ubiquitous social robotics—in the near future, robots will likely be part of everyday life, performing many types of services as well or even ‘better’ than humans.  Thus we have entered the decisive phase of the “the robotic moment” in human cultural history and to determine “who we are and who we are willing to become” (Sherry Turkle) is more urgent than ever.

The international research conference RP2024 will discuss the questions that really matter in view of the new technological potential of social robotics.  In over 100 research talks, RP2024 will address concrete and deep issues that reach far beyond safety and privacy concerns into the conceptual and normative fabric of our societies and individual self-comprehension.

As part of the Robophilosophy Conference Series, RP2024 brings together researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences working in HRI (Human-Robot Interaction) with researchers from robotics, AI research, and cognitive science, to discuss expectable socio-cultural transformations.

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August 20-23, 2024


Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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SHERRY TURKLE, Massachusets Institute of Technology, USA

DAVID CHALMERS, New York University, USA

WENDELL WALLACH, The Hastings Center, USA


ANTHONY ELLIOTT, University of South Australia, Australia 

EMILY CROSS, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

CARME TORRAS, Univ of Barcelona, Spain


Workshop 1: GenAI Avatars, Agency & Moral Responsibility

Workshop 2: Getting Comfortable with Robots: Artificial Phronesis, Inner Speech, and Sociomorphing. 

Workshop 3: Can Robots Care and Be Trusted? 

Workshop 4: Social Robots in Mental Health Care

Workshop 5: Robots as People: Theoretical Approaches, Ethics, and Design 

Workshop 6: Robots in Groups 

Workshop 7: Death by Algorithm - the Frontier of Automated Killing 

Workshop 8: Mind (and) the Robot: on the Epistemology and Ethics of the Attribution of Mental States to Robots 

Workshop 9: The Social Significance of Human Effort: Parameters for a Positive Human-robot Interaction in the Context of Industry 5.0? 

Workshop 10: Robot Rights: From Theory to Practice 

Workshop 11: AI needs a Prefrontal Cortex (and steps towards generating one). 

Workshop 12: Rethinking (Human) Bodies in HRI: Embodied Interactions Every Day 


56 Research papers in 17 sessions:


Cultural Impact and Techno Politics

Methodology of HRI // Conceptual Innovations 

Responsibility and Moral Standing // Trust

Consciousness, Autonomy, and Meaning

Emotion and Empathy

Sociality in Human-Robot Interaction

Robots in Healthcare

Care and Education // Case Studies

Responsible Design // Risk and Responsible Innovation

Perception of Robots // Limitations of AI and Robotics

Future Robots // Future Values


Four conference presentations of art works

Theatre Performance  "Replik_A" 

(Musikhuset, August 21)